The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera (cd), and the president of Colombia, Iván Duque (ci), pose for the official photos of the Prosur Summit today, at the Palacio de La Moneda, in Santiago (Chile). . / Elvis González
Santiago de Chile, Dec 12 . .- Coordination in environmental work and cooperation to achieve universal access to the vaccine against covid-19 were the main agreements reached this Saturday in Chile by the countries that make up the Forum for the Progress and Integration of South America (Prosur).
The regional bloc, created in 2019, indicated in a final declaration its interests in “promoting regional cooperation in order to achieve universal, equitable and timely access to immunization against covid-19.”
Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Chile are some of the countries most affected in the world by the pandemic, which has already caused more than 7.1 million infected and almost 1.6 million deaths.
Headed by the Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, the meeting of the bloc only had the presence of the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, while the heads of state of Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay and Peru joined telematically .
At the end of the event, Piñera expressed the organism’s commitments to “freedom, democracy and respect for human rights”, as well as the objective of “helping South America be a place where we have more progress, more freedom, more social justice and more opportunities. “
“We have had four Prosur virtual summits in 2020, most of them to combat the coronavirus pandemic and the challenge of recovering lost jobs in a coordinated way,” he added.
The joint effort, said the president, made it possible to “manage international credits, purchase of medicines, security elements and supplies, as well as improve the transit of essential goods and better regulate the way in which we open and close our borders.”
The Chilean president highlighted the “fruitful work” that Prosur has had in its two years of existence and made “a review of the state of progress” that he left his administration after leading the space.
Settling a series of agreements on the structure of the multilateral space and its operating mechanism for the next period, the “Prosur Presidential Summit Declaration” valued “the timely responses” of the group “to combat the pandemic from political dialogue and cooperation” .
With thematic axes focused on infrastructure, energy, health, defense, security and crime fighting and disaster risk management projects, Prosur drew up its roadmap for the future.
“We have implemented work plans that will guide us in the coming years through a virtual platform that will allow us to be more efficient,” explained the Chilean head of state.
The member countries approved the creation of a Sectoral Working Group on the Environment, “which will have the objective of analyzing potential areas of cooperation” in this area.
Piñera transferred command of the organization to his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, who highlighted the “strengthening of Prosur as a tool and articulator of several countries that have a common agenda.”
“Not only was progress made in coordination, but we started several work tables. We assumed the presidency to strengthen this tool,” declared the Colombian president.
“We created the private forum, of private initiative of micro, small, medium and large companies, within the framework of Prosur entrepreneurship, which is required for the 2021 economic reactivation process to be safe and effective,” Duque said at the close of the meeting.